New rolling stock procurement from CAF for TransPennine Express' new long term operation contract. This teamed with the Hitachi order and planned upgrades to existing rolling stock and infrastructure will hopefully ensure better quality and speeds.
TransPennine Express (TPE) has followed in the footsteps of Arriva and ordered 25 five-carriage trains from Spanish manufacturer CAF, adding to the operator’s existing deal for a 19-train Hitachi fleet. Following a procurement process in which no UK manufacturer took part in tendering, TPE settled for 12 five-carriage Civity UK InterCity electric trains financed by Eversholt Rail, and 13 sets of five-car InterCity carriages financed by Beacon Rail Leasing. The new £230m fleet, which will provide an extra 13 million seats a year, will be delivered during 2018 and 2019.